Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm
with kids, will seek to broaden
their impact into underserved
parts of the city.
(Photo © J. Maus)
The Community Cycling Center plans to launch a new project in 2009 that will seek to broaden the scope of their mission into ethnically diverse and low-income communities in North and Northeast Portland.
According to the CCC’s Director of Community and Programs Alison Hill Graves, the new project will start in early spring of next year and will seek to build “cultural competence” by partnering with other community organizations who view bicycles as “a viable option for their community.”
In an email about the program to BikePortland, Graves wrote :
“…the Community Cycling Center believes that as the economy sputters and gas prices fluctuate, the need for affordable, reliable transportation options will continue to grow… more viable options need to be available, particularly to serve the needs of a growing and more diverse community.
Engaging partners through a series of conversations about the priorities of their community will help determine how bicycling can fit as a viable option to address the health, safety, and transportation needs across social, cultural, and economic strata.”
Hill also told me that the CCC expects to learn a lot about how the “bike community” is perceived in parts of the city where the idea of ‘bike culture’ is a foreign concept.
Alta Planning, PSU’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, and Kristin Lensen Consulting are all involved with the project and the CCC is seeking support from Metro. Graves says Metro is set to decide whether or not to fund the project in mid-February.
[Editor’s note: This project reminds me of the stories back in February of 2007 when a string of attacks on people riding bicycles in North and Northeast Portland came to light. That story brought up many issues including how bikes intersect with race and socio-economic status. Let’s hope the CCC finds funding for this important work.]